Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Comfort Knitting Blanket

The Comfort Knitting Blanket is finished.


This project was born fully of my need to be knitting something while I watched all six seasons of Northern Exposure in a row. John Corbett, I love you! I started it back in November, and never got bored, ever, though I did fall asleep under it once, while it was still in progress. With the hook still in it. I blame the cat, he’s like a sleeping pill.


Nothing in the world could be easier than this blanket. Want one? Do this: 1. Assemble your yarn. Most of the time, when I make a blanket I just toss together whatever I’ve got lying around, as long as it’s the same (or almost the same) weight. This time, though, for the sake of gauge and uniformity, I decided to stick with one brand, and I chose Berroco Vintage Wool. I’ve gone on about this yarn before, but it really couldn’t be more perfect for a blanket (though you may find the colors a little muted.) It’s soft, drapey, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. 2. Take up your US #7 needles and, using any color you want, cast on 40 stitches. Now just knit until you get bored with that color. Switch colors. Repeat until you’ve reached the length you want—for me, that ended up being 266 garter ridges later, a number I reached by laying the piece of knitting over my body and saying, “Yep, that looks about right.” 3. Now make five more pieces in the same way. 4. Sew them together using a whipstitch in a contrasting color. 5. Call it done, or crochet on a border.


I used the Bobble-Shell Edging devised by the lovely Lucy at Attic24—you can find it here. She says every blanket deserves a proper border, and she’s so right.


This blanket has a clean, modern look. Very unfussy. I think it looks like something a man might be willing to use. Here’s an all-over shot. I’m sorry, it’s very blurry.


Yikes, sorry about that. I can’t seem to hold the camera over my head without wiggling it.


Mmmm, cozy!